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Sting: An Englishman in Germany

The superstar of all superstars, namely Sting, was going to tour like crazy. Then something called Corona messed it all up. Now there are new concert dates.

Berlin, January 24th, 2021 (The Berlin Spectator) — The metamorphosis of Mr. Gordon Sumner, who dumped his conventional name long ago and replaced it with Sting, is just as fascinating as his work. People can like or dislike his music, but nobody can deny that most sounds he has delivered are part of the high quality rubric in Rock, Pop and Folk.

On the Dark Side

The only problem Sting’s hits have, no matter whether it is ‘Roxanne’ or ‘Englishman in New York’, is that they have been played on the radio stations of the world far too much. Of course 99.9 percent of all Pop and Rock musicians in the world would kill if only they could have this problem instead of their own.

In the 1980s, when it all started, musical quality was still an important aspect. In this regard, Sting’s band The Police actually did not get to the highest level in 1978, when they released their first album entitled ‘Outlandos D’Amour’. This record attracted people because of the mood, drive and energy it transported.

It’s definitely him.

‘Inner Secrets’, the Santana album released that same year, contained more fancy compositions and stunning performances, while what The Police came up with was partially on the dark side, meaning some tunes were even Punk-influenced, such as ‘Truth Hits Everybody’. And ‘Roxanne’ was louder and more conspicuous than Santana’s ‘Stormy’.

The Man Who Stuck Out

The Police consisted of three new guys on the block who attracted young girls, and probably boys, with both their sounds and their sex appeal. Whatever the interpretation of The Police’s first album might be: It was very successful. It literally exploded. Almost everyone in the world will identify ‘Roxanne’, while only die-hard Santana fans would remember ‘Stormy’.

In articles about genius musicians like Sting, it usually says “he grew up in a musical family”. Well, he did not. His mother was a hairdresser and his father an engineer and milk man. The Northern Counties College of Education in Northumberland was not exactly Julliard. Sting was a bus driver and teacher, and music became a priority when he attended Cream and Manfred Mann gigs. He started singing with Jazz acts at night, since his unique voice and stage presence always stuck out.

Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland (left to right) were The Police.

From 1977 to 1983, for six years, Sting was an integral part of the big ride The Police had. Five studio albums and countless world tours kept the guys busy. Sting was their main composer and front man on the bass. While his bass playing seemed rather simplistic for a while, his voice always killed it.

It’s Definitely Him

In 1983, the year The Police released ‘Synchronicity’, Sting was on stage the moment he decided to leave the band in order to become a solo artist. By then, the group had already dumped their more aggressive Punk sounds. They fit the Pop music world even better than six years earlier. But Sting became the singer/songwriter he just had to become as a solo artist.

He got into composing even more and hired the best instrumentalists on Earth, including Omar Hakim, one of the most versatile drummers who had played with everyone, including Madonna and Nile Rogers’ Funk band Chic. The man in the center of it all, Sting formerly known as Gordon Sumner, became one of the two biggest superstars of the 1980s. Some of the stardom is still there.

‘Fragile’, ‘It’s Probably Me’, whatever he composed and came up with, hit the world like a bomb. His pieces were played by radio stations until listeners got sick of them, and they were interpreted by fellow artists. The nicest cover of ‘It’s Probably Me’ was delivered by Vanessa Rubin many years ago.

Drowned in Awards

Let’s hit the fast forward button or this article will never end: Sting has recorded a dozen studio albums so far. As an actor, he played in quite a few movies and TV shows. As a Chess player, he lost against Garry Kasparov. In short: There is nothing the superstar cannot do, except for winning against the Russian Chess master.

Vaness Rubin recorded one of the most beautiful Sting interpretations ever.

There are three words this brilliant article just needs to contain. They are ‘Eighteen’, ‘Grammy’ and ‘Awards’, in this order. Of course he was nominated for many more and drowned in a million other awards, including an American Music Award, Brit Awards and, as you can imagine, a whole lot of other prizes. How many Ikea shelves does Sting need to display all of them? We might never know.

German and Austrian Gigs

Las Vegas is, where Sting will be performing at Caesar’s as many as sixteen times in May, October and November of 2021. No, he is not going there to hit the Craps tables. Well, let’s hope so.

Now we are finally getting to the best part this article: Why did we even publish it? Because he is coming. No, not Godot, but Sting. To Germany, Austria and other European countries. Hallelujah. The whole thing is scheduled to start in London on June 3rd, 2021, where Sting is set to raise the roof of the Palladium six times.

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Luxemburg is next, on June 14th, 2021. On the 15th, the stage hands and backliners will have it all under control in Cologne. So will Sting himself. Erfurt is next, on the 16th, before the travel party escapes to Sweden and Denmark. After Gothenburg and Horsens, Hamburg is on the list on June 20th, 2021.

An Englishman in Berlin

After even more gigs, in Neu Ulm and Halle, none other than Sting will come to Berlin, on June 28th, just before hitting some French stages, including in Printemps De Perouges, Chambord, Arras and Nimes. Très bien, mes amis.

Hey, this endeavor obviously deserves the word “tour”. It just doesn’t end. In July of 2021, Munich, Eisenstadt, Würzburg, Bonn, Mainz, Stuttgart and Tüssling are on the list. Hell, it would be easier to say where Sting is not going. In October of 2021, the man himself and his entourage will be back gigging in Leipzig, Oberhausen and Hamburg (again!). There is a gig in Zurich too, as well as in more French cities and all over Poland.

By the way: Tickets for most German Sting concerts are available here. His own website with tour information can be accessed here.